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A Victory for the Street Kitchen and Safe Space, As Government Provides Housing


In an unprecedented move, Housing NSW has “throw out the rule book” and offered housing to the rough sleepers who’ve been staying overnight at Sydney’s 24-7 Street Kitchen and Safe Space. On Saturday, City of Sydney council workers and NSW police turned up at Martin Place with a number of dump trucks to evict dozens ...

Man Appeals to High Court After Prosecution Expert is Discredited


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim In October 1972, Frits Van Beelan was convicted of murdering 15-year old Deborah Leach in Adelaide’s north-west, and sentenced to death. He successfully appealed the conviction, but a jury once again found him guilty in July 1973 after a retrial, and he was again sentenced to death. A further ...

City of Sydney Shuts Down 24-7 Street Kitchen and Safe Space


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Homelessness is a growing problem in Sydney, with hundreds of people sleeping rough in and around the CBD every night. These people have nowhere else to stay, and with the city’s lack of public housing and current housing affordability crisis, they are left to fend for themselves in the ...

Turnbull Clears the Way for Indian Company to Build Adani Mine


A bill amending native title law was passed in the Senate on June 14 with bipartisan support. In February, attorney-general George Brandis rushed the legislation through the lower house in response to a Federal Court decision that threatened past and future Indigenous land use agreements (ILUA). The Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017 reversed a ...

Applying for Asylum: An Interview with Asylum Seekers Centre’s Steven Glass


At the end of May, Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton gave 7,500 asylum seekers until October 1 to lodge their applications for a visa, or face deportation. Dutton went so far as to imply that some of these people – who made the dangerous journey to Australia by boat – were “fake refugees.” He declared the “game ...

Victoria Police May Get the Power to Search Without a Reason


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Victoria police are pushing the Andrews government to expand police search powers at music festivals, so that officers are able to search patrons for drugs without having a reasonable suspicion to do so. Police claim the powers are necessary to counter the spate of drug-related deaths across the state ...

Barriers to Medicinal Cannabis: An Interview with Medical Cannabis Advisory’s Grace Sands


Last week, a Greens motion passed through federal parliament that allows terminally ill patients faster access to cannabis medicines. These patients are now able to import up to three months’ supply of medical marijuana from regulated markets overseas. The disallowance motion amended changes that the Turnbull government made to the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) Special ...

Mystery at Sea: Australian Suspected of Murdering his Wife


In 2010, Lewis Bennet formed the company called ‘Next Generation Solar’, which was based in Mount Nathan, Queensland. The British man became an Australian citizen in September 2013 but left Australia on February 22 last year, writing on his departure card that he intended to live in England for next 12 months. Bennet is now ...

The Australian Prison Boom: Taking Care of Big Business


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The number of people being detained in Australian correctional facilities is at an all-time high. As of March this year, there were 40,577 full-time adult inmates in this country, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released this month. The Australian prisoner population has been steadily increasing since the ...

Disabled Pensioners: the Government’s New Drug War Targets


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Turnbull government has hit a new low in its war against drugs. Legislation has just been tabled that proposes to deny the pension to hundreds of people who are currently deemed disabled due to their level of drug or alcohol dependency. It’s well known Australian states and territories ...